Community Calender and Briefs, September 26th – October 2nd, 2018

Published 7:26 pm Wednesday, September 26, 2018

DAR Community News

The Orange William Diamond Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will participate in the DAR Day of Service on Thursday, October 11, by attending to graves of veterans in local cemeteries, collecting toiletry items for veterans, etc.  Meanwhile, the next DAR monthly meeting will be held Tuesday, October 16, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1155 West Roundbunch Road, Bridge City.  Anne Payne and Lois Ferrell will serve as hostesses.  The program is entitled, “DAR Units Overseas,” with speaker Jackie Huckabay of Bridge City, the DAR appointed State Chair of Units Overseas and Chapter Registrar.

Huckabay has also been appointed by District V, the Magnolia Regent’s Council, as Vice President.  For DAR details, call 409-735-5794.


 Southeast Texas Stand Down

Beaumont Vet Center along with other social service agencies are hosting this year’s Southeast Texas Stand Down to benefit homeless Veterans and the homeless population. The event will be held at the Beaumont Civic Center on September 28, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s event features over 50 agencies working together to assist Veterans who are homeless and those without a place to call home. This is a free event.


Golf Tournament

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce (GOACC) is hosting its 9th Annual Golf Tournament Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 at Sunset Grove Gold Course and Country Club. GOACC will donate a percentage of net proceeds to Non-Profit of the Year recipient United Way of Orange County. For more information, help registering or becoming a sponsor, contact Lauren at 409-883-3536 or


Fresh Start to a Healthier You!

Better Living for Texans a part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Orange County invites you to join us for A Fresh Start to a Healthier You series. You will learn tips on saving money at the grocery store, food safety, and meal planning. We will be meeting at the Raymond Gould Community Center 385 Claiborne Street in Vidor once a week on Thursdays for four weeks, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, dates are September 27, October 4, 11, and 18. This program is free and available to everyone. Please contact, Tommy Byers, 409-882-7010 for additional information or to sign up.


Hunter Education Safety Class

Texas Parks & Wildlife Hunter Education Safety Class Mon and Tues Oct 15 and 16 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Vidor High School Cafeteria. Must attend both evenings and must register on line at Texas Parks & Wildlife web site. Certification is required if you are at least 17 years old and were born on or after Sept. 2, 1971 to hunt in Texas. You can become certified at 9 years old. Call 409-883-8118 to register and directions.

This is not just for hunters, anyone with firearms can benefit from this class.



The Greater Orange Area Literacy Services (GOALS) is now offering Reading, English as a Second Language (ESL), and Graduate High School Education (GED) tutoring to all adults 16 and older at no cost.  Volunteer tutors are willing to meet once or twice a week at various locations.

Please telephone the GOALS office at 409-886-4311 and ask for Rhonda to register.  You may email the office of GOALS at


Do Well Be Well with Diabetes

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Orange County is having a free Do Well, Be Well with Diabetes Series.  This is a 5-week series on every Monday in October (Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29) from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Join us in learning how to prevent and control your type 2 diabetes, eat healthy and much more.  Please attend all of the classes to get the full educational benefit.  The classes will be located at the Extension Office on 1442 in Orange.  Call the Extension office at 409-882-7010 to reserve your spot in the class.


Anger Management Classes

Wells of Agape is holding Anger Management Classes from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Life Church Orange located at 18389 Hwy. 62 in Orange (near State Hwy. 62 and Hwy. 105 intersection) Requirement to receive a Certificate of Completion is $30 per person, cash only. Must be paid prior to first class. One must attend all three Tuesday classes to receive the certificate. To register or more information, Call Donna Wells at 4099-221-5425. If no answer, leave a message or text.


VFW Auxiliary Garage Sale


Orange VFW Auxiliary Post 2775 will host their fall garage sale on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the VFW Hall on Highway 87 North(5303 N. 16th St) from 7 am until 2 pm.  Vendors will be able to set up on Friday, October 12th from 5 to 8 pm.  Rental for tables and/or space is $10 each.  Reservations can be made by sending a check for the proper amount to: MARY SNAPP; 29 SANDRA LANE; ORANGE, TX 77632.  For further information contact Mary between 10 am and 5 pm at 409-697-0380.


Hand Quilting Demonstration

Thrift and Gift Shop holds a free Hand Quilting demonstration from 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., every Tues. and Thurs. at 350 South 37th Street in Orange (located in the old Salk School). For more information call 409-886-7649.


Nehemiah’s Vision

We are gearing up for our Summer Volunteers!!! If you are in need of debris clean up please give us a SHOUT!! You can call our office at (409) 617-1038 or visit our website, click the “GET HELP” tab, fill out the form and someone will contact you for more information! Please help us spread the word!!


Crisis Counseling Program

Southeast Texas Disaster Assistance and Crisis Response Services through Region 5 Education Service Center is offering assistance with identifying needs and resources as well as referrals for available disaster assistance resources and crisis counseling for those struggling in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Call 409-951-1771 for more information.



CASA informational meeting

The second Tuesday of each month, CASA holds an information meeting to answer questions on how to become a CASA representative. The meetings are at 6 p.m. at the CASA office located at 2120 Gloria Drive in Orange. To reserve a seat, call 409-886-2272.


Pumpkins and Pearls Fundraising Gala

Wells of Agape is hosting the Pumpkin and Pearls fundraising gala from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 29. Tickets are $60. This event will be adults only. The guest speaker of the night will be Mayor Larry Spears Jr. Dress code for the event is “after 5” attire. The event will take place at The Garden District located at 7536 Highway 87 N. in Orange. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information visit or call 409-263-0132.



Orange County senior citizens meeting

Orange County senior citizens are meeting on the 2nd Monday every month at 9:30 a. m. at Salvation Army Bldg. on corner of MLK and Highway 90 in Orange. Bingo, Prizes, Pot luck Lunch. All are invited to attend. For more information please call, Dermal at 730-5722.


Noon Lion’s Club meeting

Noon Lion’s Club meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Domino’s Meeting/Party room located at 2107 MacArthur Drive in Orange.


NAACP meeting

NAACP meet at 7 p.m., every fourth Thursday, at the WOCCISD Administration Building located at 902 West Park Ave. in Orange. All are encouraged to attend and join. To join, contact Franklin Gans at 409-221-8438.


Friends of the Bridge City Public Library meeting

Friends of the Bridge City Public Library meets once a month on the fourth Thursday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Join today for only $5 per year. As a member of the Friends you can help with fundraisers, the summer reading program, decorate Library for the holidays, scrapbook events from the year and Bayou Buddy Storytime.


Wednesday, Sept. 26

Golden K Kiwanis meeting

Golden K Kiwanis meets every Wed. from 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the meeting room of the Salvation Army Building, corner of MLK and Strickland, across from the Shell and fire station.  The public is welcome to attend, and coffee is always served. Mary McKenna, Executive Director and founder of the local Southeast Texas Hospice, will discuss the many services offered by Hospice.  The Hospice contact number is 409.886.0622.


OCF meeting

Orange County Friends (OCF) will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 26, for Day Bunco at Tuffy’s Restaurant off Highway 12 in Mauriceville.  Cost to play is $5 per person.  Call or text 409.988.3243 if interested.



Thursday, Sept. 27

OCF Book Club

OCF Book Club will meet at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 27, at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant in Orange, corner of Strickland and MacArthur. The book, “Ordinary Grace,” by William Kent Kruegar will be reviewed by Diane Grooters. Participants are encouraged to order desired food as Dutch treat.  Text 409.988.5635 if interested.


Night Bunco

Night Bunco, and for those intetested, text/call about this night activity to 409.779.0208. Cost is $10 per person.


Ribbon Cutting

Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a Ribbon Cutting at United Way of Orange County at 4 p.m. at 1506 West Park Ave. in Orange.



Saturday, September 29

Pumpkins and Pearls Fundraising Gala

Wells of Agape is hosting the Pumpkin and Pearls fundraising gala from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, September 29th. Tickets are $60. This event will be adults only. The guest speaker of the night will be Mayor Larry Spears Jr. Dress code for the event is “after 5” attire. The event will take place at The Garden District located at 7536 Highway 87 N. in Orange. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information visit or call 409-263-0132.



Mon. Oct. 1

Crochet Class

Crochet Class at 6:30 p.m. at Orange First Church of the Nazarene, 3810 M.L.K. Jr. Drive in Orange. The class is in the Dining Room behind the church. (Left side of the building)

Please bring a skein of Sports Weight yarn and a G hook. We are working on squares to be assembled into an afghan. You may keep your squares or donate them back. Donated squares will be assembled and donated to a local charity in December.

Class is free and open to the public. Knitters welcomed. For more information, contact Dawn through the Orange First Church of the Nazarene (ofcnazarene) Facebook page.


Tuesday, Oct. 2

BC National Night Out

The Bridge City Chamber of Commerce will hold its 3rd annual National Night Out on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 from 6-8 pm at the Bridge City Park Pavilion. This FREE family friendly event is open to all Bridge City/Orangefield area residents. Attendees will be treated to free food, games, give-a-ways and lots of children’s activities courtesy of local businesses and organizations. Now accepting booth reservations. For more information call the Chamber at (409) 735-5671.


Vidor National Night Out

Vidor ISD and the Vidor Police Department will bring NATIONAL NIGHT OUT to Vidor on Tuesday, October 2 from 5-7 p.m. at Pirate stadium. There will be free hot dogs and drinks, games on the field with police officers, the Vidor Rotary green bus giving away free books to kids of all ages, and emergency vehicles galore for patrons to explore. In addition, vendors from around the area will talk about what they offer local families, including medical and dental care, food, animal care, and much much more.  The Vidor Chamber of Commerce will be on hand as will Buckner’s and the YMCA.  Law enforcement agencies from the county will be there with all sorts of great information. There will be some performances by Vidor ISD students, and lots of cool stuff for the kids. Please come join us!